Blizzard released its schedule for Blizzcon 2019 this week and had already fueled speculation about what might be announced. Six mystery events are scheduled throughout the event’s duration. Four of these secret events will be announced right after the opening ceremony that kicks off the convention on November 1st. The last two will be held during the second day on the main stage. Blizz has done a good job of keeping these announcements behind locked doors and fans can only speculate what they will be announcing with rumors floating around the internet.
The schedule for Blizzcon 2019’s first day can be viewed here with day two hosting the final 2 secret events for the Con. On the first day, the opening ceremony is set to end around 12 pm and 30 minutes after the first of the announcements will begin to roll out and they expect to last 45 minutes for each of the secret announcements.
Many fans speculate an announcement for a Diablo 4, after the failed announcement of Diablo Immortal, it was clear that fans were not supportive for a mobile Diablo game that would not be playable on PC. Word about Diablo 4 has been doing the rounds for a while now, and it seems to be the obvious choice when it comes to a new announcement during the event. Back in June, Kotaku reported that Blizzard canceled a Starcraft first-person shooter to shift focus to the Diablo and Overwatch franchise, and job listings also surfaced earlier this year for the latest entry in Blizzard’s hellish dungeon crawler to add even more fuel to the fire. The latest stoke in the rumor-based fire came recently when an industry insider said that we can expect to see Diablo 4 and Diablo 2 remastered at BlizzCon 2019 and also revealed a leaked promotional image showing an artbook for Diablo 4.
Of course, it’s also not outside the realms of possibility that we could see an announcement for another World of Warcraft expansion. With Battle for Azeroth coming to an end and the final raid to defeat N’Zoth is just around the corner, it would be a huge surprise if we do not hear a new expansion announcement this year. A lot of players have speculated what new expansion could be and I have an entire article posted about these speculations and information that data miners have found. This article explains some of the information that is found and can be viewed here.
During Blizzcon, players are able to view the entire con with the Blizzcon virtual ticket. The Virtual ticket will let players watch all of the announcements live as they happen in the comfort of their own homes while also reaping some cool in-game rewards as well! The Virtual Ticket costs $49.99 and will let you watch every panel from Blizzcon via Twitch. Buyers just have to link your account, which can be done in the settings tab on the streaming platform. If you don’t catch these panels live, you’ll be able to watch replays until March 30, 2020. Here is a list of the in-game swag players can expect to receive.
World of Warcraft- Receive Murloc versions of Sylvanus or Anduin to live out your fishy dreams. To keep you company, you’ll also unlock the Wendigo Woolies that give your powerful character a snuggly onesie. These items are only available in the retail version of the game and will not be found in WoW Classic.
Overwatch- Illidan Genji and Tyrande Symmetra let you combine universes and celebrate two of the most powerful characters in Warcraft lore. Illidan the Demon Hunter might seem out of place without his glaives, but I’m sure you’ll still be able to live out your power fantasy (before you start feeding).
Hearthstone- You’ll get an exclusive card back and a random Golden Legendary for purchasing the Virtual Ticket. That might not be as flashy as some of the other rewards, but getting a free powerful card that you can dust and turn into any Legendary is nothing to complain about.
Heroes of the Storm- For those who are still playing Blizzard’s MOBA, you’ll get a heart icon and spray inside the Nexus logo and the Celestial Deepcrawler mount.
Starcraft 2- Inspired by the original games, pilot the Classic Battlecruiser, Classic Ultralisk and the Classic Carrier.
Diablo 3- Though it won’t be available until December, Diablo players will receive an exclusive pair of wings for their troubles.
While nothing is guaranteed at this point, we’re likely to at least see one big announcement at this year’s event. Blizzcon 2019’s opening ceremony is set to kick off on November 1 at 9:30 am and will run until November 3, with a whole host of esports events and panels for Blizzard’s franchises on show throughout. Be sure to stay tuned to Critical Strike for full coverage on all of the Blizzcon 2019 announcements.